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  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January

  • Written by: Alix E. Harrow
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (476 ratings)

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Written by: Alix E. Harrow
Narrated by: January LaVoy
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Publisher's Summary

"A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting." (Christina Henry, best-selling author of Alice and Lost Boys)

Los Angeles Times best seller!

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure, and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world, and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding debut—step inside and discover its magic.

©2019 Alix E. Harrow (P)2019 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"LaVoy's theatrical skills delight as she narrates January's thrilling story of fantastical characters and new worlds-and the tale hidden within the pages of her book."—AudioFile

"LaVoy's assured, mellifluous narration pairs well with the vivid lyricism of Harrow's spellbinding fantasy, and her dexterity with characters fleshes out the wondrous and strange beings on each page."—Seattle Times

"One for the favorites shelf... Here is a book to make you happy when you gently close it. Here you will find wonder and questions and an unceasingly gorgeous love of words which compasses even the shape a letter makes against a page."—NPR Book

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An imaginative story, beautifully told.

Fantastic story line, great writing, and well-narrated. I highly recommend this book for a reader who needs a good adventure.

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  • 2020-02-10

Absolutely Magical

This story is everything I had hoped for, and so much more. What a wonderful experience this was. A part of me hopes for a follow-up book, or a trilogy, but the other part of me is so humbled by this book that I would be happy to leave the story where it ends. I don’t want to give details away, but I’ll just say this – for me it was a little difficult to follow at first, but I continued to give it a chance and I am delighted that I did. If you’re feeling unsure about this book, hang in there, what unfolds is absolutely magical.

PS. January LaVoy’s narration was lovely.

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I found the book frustrating with the main characters ignorance.

The idea and plot behind the book was super interesting and creative however, the main characters is painfully ignorant. I find this happens a lot in book but this one was particularly frustrating.

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If only...

…the heroine wasn’t so terribly annoying, at times displaying the intellect, imagination and creativity of an earthworm.
The book has a great premise, shows great promise, has wonderfully lyrical language and a good story, but there were at least 3 times I almost ditched it, because the main character, January, just keeps making incredibly stupid decisions.
Personally I want characters to make the best possible decisions, but then something happens to thwart them anyways, so I can go “blast, that’s exactly what I would have done - dammit, that should’ve worked!” rather than mentally imploring the character to please NOT do the stupid thing they are about to do, just to have them do exactly that. It’s painful… *sigh*
It’s also regrettable, because the book could have been so much better.
I won’t include specific spoilers, just be warned to expect this and reduce your expectations and that way you can still enjoy the story.

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  • 2020-10-07

hummmm... no

I stuck through it only because of January Lavoy's lovely voice narrating through it. I'd watch the movie if/when there is one.

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It Could Have Been Sooo Much Better

I really thought it could have, should have been better. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was 10 times better. Why? Because there was character development with minimal flowery writing. This book made me wince and shudder. Kind of sappy.

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Not worth the hype.

Sorry, but I found this difficult to get through. A fantastic idea but the characters and story were to be desired.

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amazing story

This story was just what I needed. A love letter to adventure, to those born in the wrong place, to those who fight to keep borders open. The story honours the exchange of ideas, rather than the preservation of artifacts. The power of words, and the importance of change.

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Excellent

This is easily one of my top ten favourite novels. The writing is excellent. The story completely absorbing.

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Captivating

This book kept me engaged until the end. A wonderful listen, I think I will go to purchase the book as well.

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